Game Warden Paul Steven Smith

Game Warden Paul Steven Smith

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California

End of Watch Saturday, December 19, 1970

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Paul Steven Smith

Game Warden Paul Smith drowned while conducting an abalone survey in the Pacific Ocean off of the Mendocino coast.

He was conducting the survey at the bluff at Heeser Drive with other members of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and members of the biology department at Humboldt State College.

He became separated from the rest of the party as the conditions worsened and they headed back to shore. His body was recovered three days later. His was the third drowning in the same area

Game Warden Smith had served with the agency for one year. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

wildlife management

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Warden Smith,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 19, 2020

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